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- DescriptionWhile literary utopias depict an ideal society and reflect an optimistic belief in the triumph of humanity and government, dystopias present a society marked by suffering caused by human and political evils. This book offers a detailed study of several literary dystopias and analyzes them as social criticism. The volume begins with a discussion of utopias, dystopias, and social criticism. By drawing upon the theories of Freud, Nietzsche, and others, Booker sets a firm theoretical foundation for the literary explorations that follow. The chapters that come next discuss Zamyatin's We, Huxley's Brave New World, and Orwell's 1984 as social criticism of totalitarianism, Stalinism, the dangers of capitalism, and fascism. Later chapters consider dystopias after World War II, contemporary communist dystopias, and postmodernist dystopias in the West.
- Author BiographyM. KEITH BOOKER is Associate Professor of English at the University of Arkansas. He has authored several books, including Dystopian Literature: A Theory and Research Guide (Greenwood Press, 1994). His articles have appeared in Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Eire-Ireland, James Joyce Quarterly, College English, ELH, and other journals.
- Author(s)M. Keith Booker
- Date of Publication17/05/1994
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Series TitleContributions to the Study of Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Series Part/Volume NumberNo. 58.
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintGreenwood Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight440 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine19 mm
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